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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Paddez on 04-09-2008

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Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange color with tons of thick and mushroom head with great retention and leaving lots of laces.
Refreshing and predominant aroma of green tea, oranges and spearmint.
Similarly, flavor of oxidized oranges, green leaves tea, Belgian yeast, lemon and brown sugar. Hints of pepper, honey and cinnamon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. I was surprised after checking the ABV; it doesn’t feel at all at 8%.
A very unique and hoppy beer with intensive flavors but not heavily bitter. A mix of Tripel and IPA. Worth it a try.

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville.
Hazy yellow gold with a moderate sized but very, very durable head. Superior lacing.
Nice, citruc fruity, aroma with a good bit of lemon; citrusy hops.
The taste largely follows although it has more flavor and more yeast than the nose suggests. Despite the name the hops do not dominate but are in good balance with the other flavor components.

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Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle into a globe glass. There is a date stamp of some kind on the bottle, but it is illegible.

A-A normal pour produces a giant (four-fingers-plus) head of eggshell colored foam. The head is dense with great retention; it leaves curtains of sticky lacing on the glass, too. The brew is pretty murky with bright, straw/apricot coloring.

S-The smell is a vaguely hoppy affair with some sweet, spicy, citrus flavors that border on tropical in character. The hops are well-balanced against a slightly earthy, funky, dry malt base that is a bit doughy and pils like.

T-The taste is also nicely balanced with citrus hops that are less sharp and bitter than many Belgian IPAs (and many American IPAs for that matter). Instead of bitterness, I taste a fair amount of baking spices...clove and a flavor that is almost like cinnamon. Alcohol is well-concealed, but occasionally pokes through to provide a bit of apple and pear fruit flavor. Malts come through on the finish, which is bready and drying, but not quite powdery or biscuity.

M-The beer is light to medium body with an ultra-fine prickly carbonation.

O-This is an enjoyable, drinkable IPA with lots of complexity and balance. It is unique among Belgians, I think, for the citrusy, almost tropical hop profile. Flavors are big, but the bitterness is very mild. It also earns high marks for the great head and waves of sticky, thick lacing.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A healthy pour into a fluted beer glass.

A great beer. Hides its high ABV extremely well. One of the better interpretations of this style. A beer I always want to have in my fridge.

A - Pours a cloudy (not a bad characteristic for the style) pale amber with a dense 4-finger white head. Well carbonated. Great sticky lacing. The head took a long time to dissipate and then did not entirely disappear.

S - Fruity, yeasty and clean.

T - Biscuity malt, primarily an herbal with slight lemon grass hop flavor. A dry finish but a tinge of bitter/sweet at the very end.

MF - A delicate medium bodied beer. A champagne-like feel with a dry finish.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Best Before: 13/02/14
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Wow, talk about a lot of carbonation - even a gentle pour only yields a sliver of golden orange beer under a mountain of white foam. The head lasts ridiculously well and seems to only begin receding after about 10 minutes, coating the glass in thick clumps of lacing as it does so.

Smell: I was a tad worried that the hops would be a little faded here, but the first sniff shows that this is certainly not the case. The nose offers a fantastic combination of estery Belgian notes and earthy/herbal European hops. Notes include: Golden apples, sweet grass, herbal/earthy hop notes, orange peel, a touch of banana, coriander and a little peach with warming. There is no trace of the 8% noted in the nose.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is one delicious Belgian IPA! The BSPA notes of golden apple, white grape, peach, orange peel, coriander, banana and a hint of tart yeast combine fantastically with the grassy, earthy, herbal characteristics of the noble hops. The finish is moderately bitter and lightly dry.

Mouthfeel: Based on the appearance I was expecting this to be WAY overcarbonated, but thankfully it is not too bad. There is a high level of carbonation, but it is quite smooth and aides drinkability. The body is just shy of medium.

Overall: I have not had many Belgian IPAs, so I was not quite sure what to expect here, but it turned out to be absolutely delicious! and is certainly a beer I will be buying again.

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Photo of DropKickCharlie
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the local bar: the beer pours a crisp, golden orange with a sticky head that recedes ever, ever so slowly.

There's a nice citrus scent to the nose and your first sip is easy-going, followed by a lightly bitter, slightly hoppy aftertaste.

At 8% it's deceptively drinkable and way too easy to put back and enjoy in a good way.
All in all, a great Belgian IPA.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 28, 2013.

The color of the pour is orange-amber and slightly hazy with plenty of white, fizzy head. The head dies down but leaves a ring for the rest of the time.

On the nose there is a lot of malty sweetness along with licorice, orange, biscuit, Belgian sugars, and a backdrop of hops.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is plenty sweet and plenty malty with a citrus fruit and a low to moderate lingering bitterness. A lot sweeter than I might have liked but delightful in its own way.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden beer with brilliant clarity. Pours with three fingers of thick sticky foam

S: A spicy and fruit aroma with medium-strong spicy and earthy hops blending with pepper, peach and apricot note from the yeast. Some Pilsner malt aroma with a light honey-like malt sweetness and a sweet, moderate alcohol note.

T: Medium pepper fermentation character and earthy hops dominate with a noticeable alcohol sweetness. There is a medium malt sweetness and strong hops bitterness giving a balance that is very bitter. The off-dry finish is followed by an aftertaste of hops bitterness and fruity.

M: A medium bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

O: A bitter beer with a fair amount of hops flavor and aroma, this bottle seems like it might be a bit older but far from flat, old hops character. Additionally this would probably still be an excellent beer even if it had been aged I'd just be approaching it more like a triple than an IPA style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a dark, hazy amber color with lots of carbonation. Typical of the style, the head is really nice - it's about three fingers high and barely off-white in color. The texture is rather foamy and retention is excellent. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, as well.

S: Quite estery, with a lot of banana, apple, white grape, pear, and coriander notes. I do pick up some noble hops, but their mild presence is a little disappointing. Then again, there IS a reason I got this Gouden Carolus mixed 4-pack at clearance prices...

T: Opening hop bitterness makes itself well known right from the start. Hops slowly fade away to reveal plenty of biscuit, bread, apple, honey, and white grape notes on the back end. More subtle flavors of black pepper and coriander are also evident, along with budding hints of citrus as it sits in the glass some more. The solid depth is good, but it's real crowning feature is its easy drinking nature.

M: Dry, as expected. The hop profile does its job admirably here, and that is to cleanse the finish in order to invite further sips. I wouldn't call it particularly light in texture, though this hardly inhibits drinkability - it certainly doesn't betray the fact this is 8%.

O: Damn, this is good stuff. It's exactly what I expected it to be: a rock-solid BSPA with an extra helping of hops. This could have the potential to be amazing fresh.

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Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, cloudy, strong foamy, puffy white head, straw yellow around edges with orangey tint in the middle

Aroma: spicy banana and clove phenols, slight citrus hop aroma, pale malt aroma

Taste: banana and clove flavors with spicy hop additions, slight citrusy twang to it, pale malt supports the main yeast and hop flavors

Mouthfeel: medium body, smooth, medium carbonation,

Overall Impression: A very quaffable Belgian IPA whose body and flavor belie its 8.0% ABV. Playful hop and yeast character contribute to make an overall great ale.

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Photo of pkalix
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i poured this one softly as i saw it rising after popping the cap. the carbonation is beautiful while still in the bottle, rising excitedly, hitting the neck and then wanting to erupt.... nice golden honey color. hazy.
the "candied lemon aroma" is right on target. it kind of reminds me of the petrus sample pack i tried several months ago which i swore had gone bad, but i'll keep an open mind....
i dont get the hop flavor. i get a honey flavor similar to the aforementioned petrus sample pack. super creamy head on top coats the glass as it's tilted. and 'creamy' is an understatement. the layer sitting on top is beautiful.
overall, i'm confused. i want to like this a whole lot, but there is a slight funkiness that stunningly reminds me of that bad experience i had with the petrus sampler. this tatse is almost identical and i dont know if it's a unique style or if there is some gone wrong with it. it tastes good, but i dont know if it's supposed to taste like this? like i said, i'm not getting any hop out of this, just a strong, thick honey flavor. kind of like a mead?
that said, it looks awesome after pour, smells very nice, tastes pretty good (even when considering my uncertain feelings) and is worth having again. i'd like to try the rest of their line up....

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Photo of ckollias
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with the biggest frothy white head known to mad. Poured over my glass and all over the table. Leaves a great trail and ends in a enormous lace.

S: Sweet aroma that is fruity and spicy with whiffs of Belgian yeast.

T: Spicy fruity flavor that is more tart than sweet with a fine hop bitterness.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: Excellent brew – Big Head – Great Flavors – and Excellent aftertaste.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a big head with a cloudy dirty straw colored body.
The aroma is like a candied lemon.
The flavor hits from the beginning with a sharp bitterness the relents to a mild sweetness in the latter part of the profile. The finish is fairly short mild bitterness.
The texture is a bit on the fizzy side with a medium body.
The fizziness with the strong bitter beginning make this an aggressive ale. Enjoyable but be ready for it.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip at Hops N Scotch in Brookline.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger billowy head that is for the most part still there. It is a hazy pale yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: resiny, grassy, and citrusy hops. Nice bready and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Nice tingly hop bitterness and alcohol is a little noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingling, medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, and good.

Overall: Pretty solid Belgian IPA and the alcohol is not even noticeable too. Nice completion of their whole lineup.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed yellow-orange color with a big and billowy white head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweeter with a fairly strong orange and lighter lemon smell. Notes of grapefruit citrus are also present mixed with some spice like aromas. Other non fruit/sweet aromas of a bready nature as well as a decent yeasty nature are present as well. All these aromas mix with a bit of a grassy and herbal smell creating a rather grassy Belgian triple like aroma.

Taste – The taste begins on the drier side with some malty and bready tastes as well as a decent amount of a citrus like sweetness with the citrus consisting of mainly orange, but also a bit of sour lemon. Upfront there are some hoppy notes of a more grapefruit nature. The hop begins lighter and grows in strength as the taste advances. Soon after the initial taste a stronger yeasty flavor comes to the tongue. With it comes a spice flavor of coriander and clove. Other hop flavor of a more grassy nature start to take over the lighter grapefruit hop flavors that were present upfront. The sweetness dries out more as the taste moves to the end. The taste ends with a very crisp and dry flavor leaving an almost citrus and yeasty champagne brut flavor with a light hop accent like taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in its creaminess and thickness for a Belgian IPA of its strength with a carbonation level that is possibly a bit above average. Both are nice for drinkability and more citrus flavors of the brew but neither are anything too exceptional for the hoppy flavors of beer. Overall I think they did it right for the style however and overall it is pretty good.

Overall – A pretty decent Belgian IPA that is rather drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of newton99
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

not impressive!
hopppyyy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy in the nose and in the mouth. blond in colour, white head.
Not so drinkable. Hoppy Hoppyyy

Serving Type bottleee
appearance niceee
smell good hoppy
taste hoppy
mouthfeel hoppy medium body
overall if you like hops!

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Photo of bashiba
3.14/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured a cloudy dull orange with a light ring of white head.

The smell is very sweet and a bit oxidized with a ton of belgian candy sugar.

The flavor is a bit more balanced than the nose. A big sweet belgian candy flavor starts out strong with a floral and slightly mint hop flavor quickly comes through evening it out nicely. Still has some stale oxidized quality coming through, in theory this should be a fresh bottle having just come from a new supplies, but it has an oldish taste to it.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit dry.

A pretty mediocre beer.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy pale yellow forming a huge white aired and fluffy head. Huge retention. Its foam looks whipped cream, leaving tons of lacings around. Beautiful. Reminds me Duvel in this aspect

S: Very citrus. Orange and lemons. Sweet grains, grassy hops and Belgian yeasts. An authentic Belgian IPA

T: Slightly sweet malts upfront. Strong notes of oranges, orange zest, lemon, grassy hops and Belgian yeasts. A bit bready and earthy too. In overall a dry taste and a stingy but not very strong hoppy bitterness

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Malty, citrus and hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Authentic Belgian IPA. Recommended

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Photo of Filosoof
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A heavy nice round hop style. Okay, but nothing much to mention - I thought last year. Now I look better and see the quality.

L: looks great; nice pearls in a big, lasting head. Color: like a German whitebeer.
S: strong whitebeer? round hoppy smell; smells like a heavy pilsener, orange,
T: nice harmonic taste, with a nice hop character, but not too much as some other hop beers. Small white pepper. Bitter, dry end.
M: a champion!

Very good combined with French cheese (Calvados Brie). Both cheese and beer lose a bit of theit bitterness if combined.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everything I have had from this brewing company is amazing. William, the beer manager at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale is obsessed with Belgian beers. He prefers the Belgian dark strong ales, but this one is an IPA. This is a newer brew, as well. By the way, their Easter beer is AMAZING! Oh, and their Christmas might be even better than that.

The last few Belgian pale and India pale ales I have had did not impress me. The hop profile is usually much lower, and being a hop head I love a hoppy bitter beer. So I am going in expecting the hop profile to be much lower than what I have come to expect from the expected American styles. The price, however, makes me think this is a really good offering. Makes me want to go back to Belgium! Let's drink.

In the Glass: I could smell this as I was pouring, but it didn't smell like hops. Not the kind of hoppy aroma I expected, anyway. Maybe I need to lower my expectations when we drink a Belgian IPA. In the glass it is LOADED with bubbles and has a ridiculous head. This is a fresh bottle, too. Grabbed this theater night at Total Wine & More. It has a nice golden straw color, and is somewhat cloudy when I try to look through it. I wonder if the aroma is more pronounced in the glass.

Nose: Imagine taking an orange and a lemon, smashing them together, and fermenting their juices. That is what this smells like. Yeah, it has some hop aromas in there… but mostly I am getting citrus. It is also ice cold, but for an IPA like this, I would prefer to drink them a little bit colder.

Flavor: There aren't as many bubbles as I expected on the tongue, and the flavor is very similar to the aroma. That is rare for most beers. I am a big fan of the flavor, and while it is not all that hoppy, this is a beer that I could easily drink six of and not even know it. You never taste the 8% ABV, either. This is a very nice flavor for a beer trying to compere with the American styles.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is actually quite nice. It's not thick, but it has a nice pillowy thing going on. As you swallow some of the bubbles really start to come forward, but you never feel like this is a carbonated beer. Not what I expected from the initial pour. Oh, and let me mention this… the glass still has a thin layer of lace all around it. No matter where I look, the suds are hanging on. That is a good sign.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is where the hops really come forward. It's not all that bitter, but what bitterness is there hang on and gets more pronounced as you swallow. I actually like the aftertaste so much, I don't want to take another drink! But I will, because the flavor here is good. When we were in Belgium, I had a couple of beers from Het Anker. Our next trip will be during Belgian Beer Weekend, and we will just chug beers like this. We have an extra week of vacation this year… maybe we will go to Belgium!

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Photo of mick303
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle with freshness date. Poured a monster head of white pillowy foam, really solid retention. Colour is a slightly hazy straw golden colour. Excellent retention, lacing and film.

Smell has very floral hops, violets (lavender?), also a chewy malt undertone, caramel malt. A hint of barnyard muskiness coming though. Opens up really nicely, quite fragrant.

Taste has fair bit of hops, but not so much bitter as really fresh and juicy. Grapefruit, apple, citrus notes all combined with a mild minerally Belgian funk. Some mild acidity and yeast gives way to a more malty caramel mild woodiness. Malt provides some definite caramel and toffee sweetness. Finish is quite dry, bubbly and a bit grassy. A bit of lingering malt and yeast. Really rich, tasty and the flavours work really well together.

Mouthfeel is moderate, I had completely forgotten this is 8% as it is so remarkably drinkable and light. Carbonation is moderate, altogether pretty smooth, a bit malty on the palate, but comes across really nicely and refreshingly.

Definitely one of the better beers Ive had recently. A really solid take on the BIPA style with plenty of juicey hops, pretty mild bitterness, and a nice overall feel to it. Really tasty. Try it out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head small cap on top of the beer. Small patches of foam form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and some hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of JimTeal
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I thought to myself what the heck is Gouden doing making an IPA? Their lineup is so solid, but this excellent brew reminds us to keep an open mind. Great creative people always see something new and exciting just over the horizon. This is a beautifully crafted beer. Initial taste (great spices, properly infused), look (on the wheat beer side), smell and finish (clean and crisp) and makes for an oh so interesting pleasure. Good surprise find and more than well worth a try.

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Photo of Philousa
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle well before the 2013 expiration date.

Pours with a big, billowy white foam, three fingers high atop an opaque tawny yellow beer. Great retention and the lacing rings the glass well. Green, floral hop aroma mixes with pungent, slightly spicy Belgian malt. The two go together very well and balance each other out. Peppercorn probably stand out more than anything else, not too bold but impressive. Belgian malt taste gets spicy: allspice, pepper, then pungent and moves to the throat. Bitterness comes in gently but stays firmly towards the back of the tongue. A little earthy, gritty. Balanced feel, dry finish.

The spice and floral, nectary hops go together like love and marriage, PB and J, well... you get the point. This is just a well crafted Belgian IPA that isn't over the top. Cheers!

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Photo of mscudder
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a globe.

A - A deep and murky blend of brown and gold, completely opaque. A thick multi-finger pale head. It is frothy and leaves some nice lacing with ample lacing behind.

S - Very dry herbs, spices, Belgian malts, citrus and subtle hops. Certainly a foreign aroma, one which in its complexity, turns me off.

T - This is an interesting one for sure! As it hits the tongue I get a popping sensation of crackers accompanied by lightly-sugared fruits, particularly pear, perhaps some light tart alternatives. The hops jump on the tongue in a way not found in American-styled brews. The complexity of the hop bitterness and the sweet malts/fruits makes for an intriguing contrast. I must note the balance is top notch. Some pepper and clove seem to be the source of the explosive taste.

M - A creamy light-medium body with a big quantity of carbonation. Explodes on the palette.

O - An enjoyable brew from our Belgian friends at Brouwerij. I feel as if this is a bit off of my particular tastes although for a bitter hop explosion on a Belgian base, this is an exquisite brew.

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.